Cole Es­cola

OF ‘AT HOME WITH AMY SEDARIS’ ON TRUTV

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

How was your “At Home With Amy Sedaris” char­ac­ter of Chas­sie ini­tially de­scribed to you?

Well, ac­tu­ally I had worked with Amy be­fore on “Dif­fi­cult Peo­ple” and then I per­formed at a live pod­cast thing. And she says – she might be ly­ing; she’s a huge liar – that her and Paul (Dinello, a se­ries writer and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) wrote the part with me in mind be­cause they’d watched one of my videos that I made, this or­ange juice com­mer­cial. So they sort of wrote it with me in mind and then Amy was like, “We have this part that we think you’d be great. I hope you can do it.” And then that’s how it came to be.

So how did you get in­side this trou­bled char­ac­ter’s head?

They sort of cre­ated it based on this video that I had done. It’s sort of a fake or­ange juice com­mer­cial where I play a sub­ur­ban mom talk­ing about what hap­pens when you give your kids the wrong or­ange juice and then she goes off on this sort of ma­ni­a­cal, dark tan­gent. So I al­ways like to go dark. I love go­ing re­ally dark so I just let my­self go there for Chas­sie. How much im­prov do you get to do?

All the di­a­log is scripted and it’s so funny. Paul Dinello writes just like the fun­ni­est things to say. Be­cause it’s a sort of craft and home­mak­ing show, there’s a lot of phys­i­cal stuff so we get to im­pro­vise a lot with that. And I love props com­edy and Chas­sie has this purse that she never takes off her arm and so it’s fun to try and but­ter philo dough with a purse dan­gling into the dough and but­ter and things like that.

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